NOVASOL adds Friendly Rentals to portfolio
NOVASOL by Wyndham Vacation Rentals has acquired Barcelona-based apartment rental company Friendly Rentals.
The company, whose primary focus is city rentals, will continue under the Friendly Rentals brand, and be added to the current NOVASOL portfolio. Daily operations of Friendly Rentals including management and employees will continue as usual.
Anders Pii, director of NOVASOL, said: “With this acquisition NOVASOL sets an important footprint within the rental market for city apartments; we see it as a strategic supplement to our current product portfolio which primarily consists of cottages.”
Friendly Rentals provides holidays at approximately 2,000 apartments in 23 selected international cities, primarily throughout central and southern Europe. Guests are able to experience destinations like Barcelona, Rome or Paris in a more authentic way.
Pii added: “Friendly Rentals has a proven concept and a broad and diverse customer base that complements NOVASOL’s well. Together we can offer our customers accommodations both during their main holiday and shorter stays in urban metropolis.
“As we see trends in customer behavior to take shorter vacations and travel longer distances, the Friendly Rentals portfolio expands our ability to offer unique accommodations in authentic surroundings – including a city stay.”
City stays comprise about one fifth of global tourism. With the purchase of Friendly Rentals NOVASOL strengthens its position as a vacation rental company, especially important given the company foresees significant growth potential within the urban accommodation product in the coming years.
Pablo Zubicaray, founder and CEO of Friendly Rentals, will continue to lead the company and its 65 employees. He said: “Friendly Rentals has played an active role in the market for renting city apartments for more than 13 years.
“Joining forces with NOVASOL, one of the largest vacation rental companies in Europe, gives new options and growth possibilities for our well-tested and proven business model. It also gives us more possibilities to offer better service to our apartment owners as well as to guests.”
In total, the brands of NOVASOL, Happy Home, dansommer, Cuendet and Friendly Rentals have more than 42,000 holiday homes under contract. Within Europe, the NOVASOL Group has a leading position within rental of holiday homes, and every year more than 1.5 million holidaymakers celebrate holidays in an accommodation provided by NOVASOL.
As a member of the Wyndham Worldwide group of companies and sister of RCI, NOVASOL offers benefits to RCI members, who will be able to access selected NOVASOL holiday options using their RCI membership.